Morning top 5: Party leaders to attend further crisis talks; DUP criticises Irish position on border; Yellow weather alert in place

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The Taoiseach has said if there is going to be a snap election - it should be before Christmas.

Leo Varadkar has insisted he won't be seeking the Tánaiste’s resignation – despite Fianna Fáil’s decision to table a motion of no confidence in her, over her handling of the garda whistleblower controversy.

Mr Varadkar is due to meet with the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin again today in a bid to break the impasse.

He has admitted there will be an election if the situation cannot be resolved before Tuesday – adding that it would be better to hold it before Christmas in order to facilitate the ongoing Brexit talks in Europe.


The DUP leader insists her party is not dictating the UK Government's position on the border with the North in Brexit negotiations.

Arlene Foster's rejecting any suggestion she is holding the British Prime Minister to ransom in Brussels talks, as a result of the DUP's deal with the Tories at Westminster.

She has also criticised the Irish Government’s threat to veto withdrawal negotiations, if there is any chance of a hard border.

She claimed the border situation can be resolved when the negotiations move on to the UKs future trading relationship with the EU.


Drivers are being warned to be on alert for icy patches on the roads this morning.

A status yellow weather alert is in place for scattered snow showers across the country today.

The RSA is warning drivers to watch out for black ice in particular as overnight temperatures dipped to below zero.

In snow and icy conditions drivers should slow down and use all controls delicately, leaving extra distance between your car and the vehicle in front, and avoid  harsh braking or acceleration.


Egyptian armed forces say they have launched airstrikes against militants they believe were responsible for yesterday's deadly terror attack.

At least 235 worshippers were killed at a mosque in the country's North Sinai province.

Dozens of militants fired into crowds running away from a bomb blast inside.

Witnesses say gunmen even shot at ambulances trying to get to the injured.


US President Donald Trump claims he has turned down being named Time Magazine's Person of the Year after he was told he would "probably" get the honour.

President Trump - who received the accolade last year - has tweeted to say "probably" wasn't good enough, so he "took a pass."

Time Magazine's hit back saying he's "incorrect" about how it chooses its recipient.

It claims it doesn't comment on its choice until publication, which is on the 6th of December.